DE HB3 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-3)
Status: Introduced on April 5 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-03-14 - Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House
Pending: House Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [MS Word]


This legislation requires that all full-time employees of the State, including employees of school districts, continuously in the employ of the state for at least one year, shall be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child 6 years of age or younger. Both parents would be eligible for such leave. Employees shall continue to have the right, as they do under current law, to use accrued sick leave for maternity and paternity purposes. This legislation leaves intact the rights of persons adopting a child over 6 years of age to take unpaid leave. Due to lack of adequate paid family leave policies, many parents must return to work sooner than is optimal for the health of mothers (in the case of biological birth) and children. Granting paid leave will contribute to the establishment of parent-child bonds, breastfeeding establishment, and allow infants to receive vaccines and develop stronger immune systems prior to entering daycare. Further, a more generous leave policy will increase the productivity of workers and reduce employee turnover.

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An Act To Amend Titles 14 And 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Family Leave.



2018-03-14 Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House
2018-01-17 Reported Out of Committee (House Administration) in House with 3 Favorable
2018-01-09 Amendment HA 1 to HB 3 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-04-05 Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House

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